• "a wonderful collection of stories and legends, to be recommended to anyone who is at least half in love with the dark side of London's past."

    Peter Ackroyd, The Times
  • "[An] absorbing compendium by folklore expert Steve Roud. He excavates the history of the capital, from obscure suburban streets to famous sites like the Tower of London"

    The London Paper
  • "I've been enthralled ... The book's real strength lies [in] its exposure of deeper levels of custom, tradition and magical thinking that lie beneath the smooth Tarmac of contemporary realism"

    Will Self, Evening Standard
  • "A spellbinding study of our city's folklore ... digs through layers of hearsay and speculation to investigate how and why the stories and traditions arose in the first place"

    Newham Recorder
  • "An absorbing and fascinatingly thorough book"

    Harrow Observer